Sleep Apnea
Sleep Disordered Breathing2020-06-18T13:38:44+00:00

Sleep Disordered Breathing

Sleep and health have been becoming increasingly more linked as research continues to dive into how getting enough quality sleep is vitally important if we want to live a happy and healthy life. So often, we blame our poor sleep on busy lifestyles, too much time in front of screens, and working more than resting.

These lifestyle factors do contribute to lack of healthy and restful sleep, but what if there’s something more happening? What if there is a physical condition that is causing not only poor sleep, but impacting your overall health. It has become a well-known fact that sleep apnea can be very dangerous for your health. However, sleep apnea isn’t the only breathing-related problem and symptom that can prevent you from getting the restful sleep you need. This group of conditions is known as “sleep disordered breathing”, and it includes symptoms ranging from excessive snoring to grinding teeth to full blown obstructive sleep apnea.

How Bad Is Sleep Disordered Breathing?

Sleep ApneaPeople who chronically experience sleep disordered breathing may have their sleep patterns disrupted night after night. Think about how you feel after a few bad nights of sleep. Grumpy? Exhausted? Feeling foggy? Falling asleep at your desk? Think about a few nights versus feeling this way for months and months or even years.

Lack of sleep isn’t just about being tired. It leads to serious health issues too. Sleep apnea in children has been linked to conditions including ADD, reduced IQ, and developmental issues, and can even stunt a child’s growth. In adults, lack of sleep has been associated with a number of long-term problems involving chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Any of these can lead to a shorter and less enjoyable life.

Does mouth breathing change your face?

Sleep apnea is directly linked to airway health, and a narrow airway is one of the biggest risk factors in developing obstructive sleep apnea. Children who breathe through their mouth can experience changes in orofacial growth and development. Whether the child has developed a mouth breathing habit because of congestion, or because they’re tongue-tied, mouth breathing kids often develop narrow palates and smaller jaws, along with a lack of forward facial growth, so their faces are longer and narrower.

How can myofunctional therapy help you sleep better?2019-11-21T02:38:24+00:00

It’s not often that you hear myofunctional therapy as an option to help treat sleep apnea. That has been changing as multiple studies have shown myofunctional therapy as a great way to address and help to treat sleep apnea. Myofunctional therapy helps strengthen the oral muscles that have been improperly functioning or weakened from improper use. Sleep-related health issues in patients often are a result of the dysfunctional muscles. Myofunctional therapy is a exercised-based treatment that re-strengthens and re-patterns these muscles. That’s why so many patients see improvement versus other sleep-enhancement options.

What are the effects of mouth breathing?2019-11-21T02:40:00+00:00

Mouth breathing can cause a range of symptoms that can affect all parts of our body from our teeth to our digestive system. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Underdeveloped jaws
  • Changes to facial appearance
  • Bad breath
  • Stomach pain and problems
  • Problems with braces and dental treatment
  • Delayed speech and language development in children
  • ADD and ADHD-like symptoms in children
What causes mouth breathing?2019-11-21T02:40:24+00:00

Specific causes of mouth breathing can include:

  • Food sensitivities and allergies
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Respiratory infection
  • Asthma
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps

Each of these issues can make it difficult or impossible for a person to breathe through their nose, and when this happens, their only option is to breathe through their mouth. If this isn’t corrected, it can become a habit that’s set for life.

What is mouth breathing?2019-11-21T02:40:49+00:00

Mouth breathing is when we breathe through our mouth instead of our nose. It can be caused by a number of conditions including allergies, food sensitivities and respiratory problems. Anything that makes it difficult or impossible to breathe through the nose will cause mouth breathing, and this can become a habit if it’s not addressed.

Megan Van Noy
Megan Van NoyRDH, Myofunctional Therapist
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